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Monday, July 26 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Going It Alone- Decisions of a Solo Baker

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Presented by: Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce

Choosing to bake alone in a professional setting brings with it challenges and rewards, many of which reveal themself only over time. In this conversation, we reflect on the decision we made to bake alone and explore how we might make that decision today. We will talk about everything from the role of equipment to the role of music. We will discuss our work schedule and techniques and formulas we have adopted to facilitate smooth bakes with two hands. We will talk about managing the aging and health changes of a baker. We will talk about finding shortcuts without compromise and decisions that we have made that occasionally make our job harder.  And, we will leave time for Q&A  and conversation with the viewers.

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Mike Zakowski

Mike Zakowski is a graduate of the Culinary Arts program at Kendall College in Chicago, Illinois. When he owned Kraftsmen Baking in Houston, Texas, he was named Best Baker in Houston and won the Best Bread award for his pain biologique during the bakery’s first year of operation... Read More →
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Dave Miller

Owner - Proprietor - Baker, Miller's Bake House
Starting as a primarily whole-sale bakery, selling bread by the pallet-load, Miller’s Bake House, over the course of several years, whittled away parts of the business until, in 2003, it landed on the tiny footprint it currently fills:  One baker (me) making bread for one farmer’s... Read More →
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Blair Marvin

Owner - Baker, Elmore Mountain Bread
Elmore Mountain Bread is owned by Andrew Heyn and Blair Marvin.Blair was born and raised in Johnson, Vermont. After attending culinary school and cooking in Seattle, she returned with Andrew, who was also deeply involved in the culinary world. They worked in several local restaurants... Read More →
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Jim Williams

Back Door Bread
Backdoor Bread started as a side project in 2014 while we owned and operated Seven Stars Bakery in Providence, Rhode Island. Jim’s interest in single variety wheats, regional sourcing and stone milling led to a side business, selling his 100% whole grain loaves at a few farmers markets around town. After 18 years in business and growing to four locations and 100+ employees, we... Read More →
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Barak Olins

Owner/Baker, ZU Bakery
BEGINNINGThe bread that I make today isn’t so very different from when I first opened ZU in 2000- naturally leavened and baked in a wood-fired oven; made from a mixture of freshly-milled whole grains, sifted flours, water and grey sea salt. Over time and with repetition has come... Read More →

Monday July 26, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT